Crisp vadas, freshly made chow chow bath, sausages and eggs, flaky stuffed parathas – isn’t it lovely when you can begin your day with a delicious breakfast?
And the good news is that in a city like Bengaluru, you’re bound to find something to make your heart melt. For the fluffiest of idlis, Brahmin’s Coffee Bar in Basavanagudi and Veena Stores in Malleswaram are probably two of the best options. Madurai Idli Shop in Indiranagar too has its fan base. For some of the best dosas in town, Vidyarthi Bhavan, again in Basavanagudi, is worth the trip. But for all this you can’t go later than 7.30 am. In fact, all these stores open as early as 6.30 am.
There are quite a few small cafes in the city that have begun to serve breakfast – Glen’s Bakehouse in Indiranagar serves breakfast on weekends, and they open at 9.00 am, so you don’t really have to rush out of bed. The pre-set breakfast menu is pretty basic – beans and toast, eggs made to order and sausages.
Egg Factory on St Mark’s Road, which opens at 8.00 am every day has been the place for all things eggy for a while. From scrambled eggs to akuri, to kothu parotta, this place does overdose you on eggs. Fortunately, they also remember the vegetarians, where eggs do not feature.
154 Breakfast Club at Koramangala (opens at 9.00 am), serves the Meet Your Maker breakfast that is loaded with eggs, sausages, bacon, ham, salami, baked beans, grilled potatoes and toast. They also make waffles and pancakes.
100 Feet Boutique Restaurant in Indiranagar also serves breakfast and opens at 8.30 am. Here you can find pancakes, eggs made to order, sandwiches, cereal, granola in yoghurt, and even bagels.
Adding a dose of the posh on the breakfast plate is Red Fork in Indiranagar, and Monkey Bar on Wood Street. Red Fork opens at 9.00 am (they’re closed on Mondays) and has a rather European breakfast menu, but with a twist. And yes, among all that you’ll also find the akuri here.
Monkey Bar does breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays (9.00 am to 12.00 noon) where you can eat railway masala double omelette, scotch eggs, a traditional English breakfast, and one of our favourites – Eggs in a Blanket, fluffy parathas served with either keema or galouti. And they also have the chilli cheese vada pav.
On Sundays, Koshy’s on St Marks Road sees a queue of people waiting for the restaurant to open at 9.00 am for its appam and stew. It’s almost like tradition for old Bangaloreans.
And then there are the idli-vadas at Indian Coffee House (opens at 8.00 am), the dosas at Airlines Hotel, off St Mark’s Road (opens at 7.00 am), khara bath and masala dosa at Hotel Janardhan near Race Course Road (opens at 7.30 am), mutton leg soup and dosa at Ranganna Military Hotel in Jayanagar (opens at 7.30a m).
There are good reasons to wake up early in the morning, but if it’s powered by the temptation of a good breakfast, we’re not complaining.
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Priyadarshini is an independent journalist from Bengaluru whose life pretty much revolves around food, good music, literature, and cinema. She’s worked with different publications over the past 10 years, and has written about travel, theatre, films, books, music, food and lots of food! She’s travelled wherever her feet and budget would allow, discovering cultures through local palates and social behaviour, and in an ideal world would probably resort to using food and music to resolve any dispute.